Darkened Horizons - Darkened Horizons
1. Gateways to Apparition
2. To Alpha Draconis
3. Graven Image
4. Translucent Thought Process
5. Premonition Afterglow
6. Hidden Track
Recorded March-July 2011 by Adrian Socaciu.
Guest vocals and lyrics by Josh Ellis on "Graven Image"
Adrian Socaciu - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards and Programming
Released on Torn Flesh Records, June, 2012
On Twitter @tornfleshrecs
June 16, 2012
Darkened Horizons Review
I don't really know what I was originally expecting, but this album was definitely worth listening too. I guess I expected something a little more brutal, but still, no complaints. The album starts off with an atmospheric sound, quickly morphing into some light riffs that ironically are some of the most "brutal" riffs on the album. This album is complex. No other way to put it. I loved the various styles that obviously were combined in this album. A mix of death metal and black metal prove to be easy listening. First complaint though is that the clean vocals are somewhat hard to understand. They aren't exactly mumbling, but they could be presented perhaps louder so they would be easier to understand. If you listen close you can understand them easy though, so it's not that big of a deal. The vocals switch off between black metal styled snarls, death metal growls, and the clean vocals that tend to be present in the choruses. That's one aspect of this album that really shines. Some artists discard song structure, and just kind of ad lib and go where ever the music takes them. It's an approach that often works, but this album ignored that option. Almost all the songs have a chorus and a verse. Not really needed, but definitely a plus. The entire setup has a reverb put to it, giving it a "long hall" kind of feel. It puts the listener in the mood. Overall, I'd consider it a more laid back chill album, although it does have its upbeat moments.
The instrumental itself is filled with melodies and harmonies, which is why I'd say it's easy listening. The guitar switches between simple and complex riffs, adding to the depth of the songs. The guitars have light distortion, perfect for the mood. They do, in some parts, step it up a bit and break out the distortion pedal. This keeps things fresh. This album isn't even close to bland. It even has an acoustic guitar part. This has a minor downfall though, because the transition back to electric guitars doesn't seem as fluent as it should be. Still, besides the tiny imperfections, which really don't matter at that because they contribute to the feel of the album, the album keeps flowing. The songs tend to fade into each other. THis album is filled with little ambient trippy moments. Very good to listen to when you're tired or just need to relax. The drums are steady, good but nothing special, and keep the beat going. Complete with a strings synth, this album keeps changing from song to song, keeping enough so you know its the same band, but morphing enough to keep you interested. Another highlight of this album would be the mini guitar solo in "To Alpha Draconis." My last complaint would be the outro/hidden track, in which the timing of the strings and the piano seems obviously out of sync. Not a big deal though, and a great way to end the album.
The artwork is dark, mysterious, and perfectly represents this album. If you're looking for something that keeps changing, keeps you interested, and is practically a music masterpiece, then check this album out.